The 8-cent Tom Sawyer commemorative stamp was first placed on sale at Hannibal, Missouri, on October 13, 1972.
Tom Sawyer is one of the most beloved characters in American literature. His adventures along the Mississippi River have fascinated readers all over the world. The hero of Mark Twain's bestseller, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)," also appears as a minor role in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)."
The stamp was designed by Bradbury Thompson and issued in sheets of fifty. The initial printing order of 135 million was authorized. The stamp was lithographed and engraved (Giori).
Postal Bulletin (September 14, 1972).